The Hidden Memories of Nottingham Mental Healthcare

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Nottingham has been at the forefront of innovation in mental health care provision since the 1950s onwards. For instance, the old state mental hospitals that embraced humanistic approaches to care in the second half of the twentieth century. Mapperley hospital was the first mental hospital to introduce of the open-door policy in 1952, namely the removal of locks on wards as well as hospital gates, a pioneering move that helped to shape national policies for mental health care.

In the period from June 2020 to February 2021 the project team collected seventeen oral histories from former nurses, social workers and carers who remembered the transition from the mental hospitals to care in the community in the 1990s. Due to COVID-19, the oral histories were collected remotely.

Dr Verusca Calabria is the project lead and a Research Fellow in the department of Social Work, Care and Community, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK.